|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 23g||29%|
|Saturated Fat 10g||51%|
|Total Carbohydrate 31g||11%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||13%|
|Total Sugars 9g|
|Vitamin C 25mg||124%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Our easy and hearty broccoli casserole is made with everyday pantry staples that you might already have lying around. Frozen broccoli and condensed soups are the main ingredients in this silky and creamy dish. Beloved Velveeta cheese product complements the sauce, and a quick 20 minutes in the oven brings to your table a delightful mixture that is a great side dish to any protein, from grilled cheese to steak, roast beef to fish. Slivered almonds provide some crunch and flavor, but if there are any nut allergies in your household simply replace them with sunflower seeds or pepitas, or skip them altogether. The casserole can easily be made ahead of time: simply cool it off slightly before placing it in the fridge, covered, until it's time to top it with the breadcrumbs and bake it. Any leftovers can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days in an airtight container.
Vegetable casseroles are a great way of incorporating a lot of nutrition into one dish. Although we chose broccoli for ours, it can be replaced by any other vegetable of your liking, as long as it has good firmness and texture. Think of frozen cauliflower, string beans, or asparagus, or mix and match whatever frozen vegetables you have. Add frozen peas and carrots, or a mixture of corn and carrots to your main vegetables. One 8-ounce container of any mushrooms of your liking also makes a wonderful addition, and if you want to simplify it further, use jarred mushrooms in water. The combinations are up to you, as long as the total amount adds up to 20 ounces total of frozen vegetables. If you'd like a thicker sauce, replace the Velveeta with 2 cups of mild or sharp cheddar cheese. For a spicy version, add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce into the mixture.
This casserole is also great for repurposing leftovers. If you'd like to make an all-in-one casserole, place the broccoli in the prepared baking dish, cover with a layer of leftover rotisserie chicken, already cooked turkey breast, or shredded pork, and cover with the soup and cheese mixture, baking as directed. If making as is, serve with grilled chicken or fish and mashed potatoes or rice to soak up the delicious sauce.
2 10-ounce packages frozen broccoli
1/3 cup slivered almonds, about 2 ounces
8 ounces Velveeta cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 10.5-ounce can condensed cream of mushroom
1 10.5-ounce can condensed cream of chicken
For the Topping:
1 cup soft breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Heat the oven to 375 F. Lightly butter a 2-quart baking dish. Cook broccoli in salted water until barely tender. Drain and place broccoli in the prepared baking dish.
Sprinkle slivered almonds over the broccoli.
Combine the cheese, garlic powder, and condensed soups in a saucepan. Place the pan over medium heat and cook, stirring, until the cheese has melted and the mixture is well blended.
Pour the cheese sauce over broccoli.
Toss the breadcrumbs with the melted butter.
Top broccoli cheese casserole with the buttered breadcrumbs and bake in the preheated oven until the casserole is bubbly and the breadcrumb topping is browned.
Serve and enjoy.